OAAP Newsletter Fall/Winter 2014
Advising Today and Tomorrow
November 19-21st saw our first OAAP conference in two years. Congratulations to all those involved – Robert Kitchen and Krista Vogt; the intrepid Fanshawe co-chairs; conference delegates who braved a freak snowstorm to attend; and all our wonderful presenters. We could not have done it without you. Don’t be afraid to present! OAAP occasionally runs short on presenters. It is a great opportunity to offer your experience and skillset/ learnings. Thanks to those presenters who submitted their presentations for posting. Presentations will be found online shortly.
OAAP Comings and Goings
Our OAAP Steering Committee is changing. Loretta Gilbert who bravely took up the reins when Ryan Green unexpectedly left for law school will move out of the role and mentor our next Chair for their first year. Loretta oversaw the construction of the new website for OAAP. Thank you Loretta! Annette Rondeau will be leaving after her second OAAP term. Lily Piccone will also be retiring from her position as Treasurer as she moves into a new job away from advising. The commitment and creativity of these members will be strongly missed.
Our book discussion group will begin in the new year. We have selected Generation iY by Tim Elmore. The book is in most public libraries and Tim’s blog posts will allow access to the ideas we discuss.
Check out another of Tim’s blog – Tim Fricker shares an update on new ideas for CACUSS and advising
Fond Farewell to OAAP past Chair and Veteran Jo Stewart
As many of you know our past Chair Jo Stewart left the province of Ontario to start an exciting new role in Whitehorse! While we miss Jo, she left us her story in this issue.
OAAP: Jo, how long have you worked in the advising field?
Jo: Almost 15 years
OAAP: How did you get started with NACADA and OAAP?
Jo: I just went for it. I joined NACADA first after the annual conference in Toronto (2004). I was “jazzed” that so many like-minded people could have such a great opportunity to come together for professional development (PD). I was approached soon after I joined to represent Region 5 on the Steering Committee. I ran for the election, but quickly noticed that Canadians were under-represented in NACADA, so I started volunteering for committees, etc. Since then, I have sat on the NACADA Membership and Professional Development committees, Co-Chaired the Region 5 conference with Marty Lowman (U Windsor), sat on the committee to review the CAS Standards in Advising (invited position, to provide an international perspective), was chosen as a mentor in the Great Lakes~Great Leaders program (Region 5), and in the Emerging Leaders program, and finally, I provide a voice to the Editorial Board (again, an invited position). I have been invited for many positions in NACADA simply because I have not been afraid to voice concerns, or commend good programs. You know what they say about “the squeaky wheel” . . . I’d advise more squeaky wheels from Canada!
With OAAP, I saw a need to have an Ontario group, so I put together an Ontario conference at Brock in 2007. We had planned for 50 people, but the interest was clearly there because we actually had almost 150 people attend! That signalled to me that there was a need for an Ontario association, so I contacted five of my advising colleagues from around the province and asked them to serve on the first Steering Committee that developed what would become OAAP. I served as Chair of that first group, and saw it as my duty to increase membership. I scoured websites for names and contact info for advisors and sent them unsolicited emails (that was before the current anti-spam legislation :)), and worked with the first Steering Committee to set the Terms of Reference for the association. The Terms of Reference dictated the length of time that we could serve on the Steering Committee, so I stepped down from that role a few years ago. At that time, the list of names on the OAAP list had grown to over 600 (although I understand that’s dropped a bit since the anti-spam legislation has come in).
OAAP: What are you most proud of from your time in advising in Ontario?
Jo: A couple of things – first off, I’m proud of the advising that I was able to provide to students. I know that I made a positive difference for many students, so that is the most important thing that I’m proud of. The other is the difference that I was able to make for Ontario advisors. I worked very hard to pull together the people and the resources to start OAAP, and to have annual conferences for advisors there. It was wonderful to be able to support my colleagues like that!
OAAP: What would you like to see happen with advising or OAAP, etc in Ontario?
Jo: I know that OAAP has a lot of “new blood” there, so I’m confident that it will continue to grow, to meet new challenges, and to provide outstanding PD to Ontario advisors.
I’m now in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and will have to meet challenges here. I’m currently the only NACADA member in the Yukon (guess who will be representing Yukon Territory on the Region 8 Steering Committee :)). I want to work to have advisors both here on the main campus and in our community campuses engage with NACADA. Yukon College has 14
campuses – the main one in Whitehorse (where I work) along with 13 in our outlying communities, many of which engage with First Nations students and programs. I strongly believe that it will be important to have advisors at the community campuses involved with NACADA, or perhaps a Territorial advising association. We are the only post-secondary institution here in the Territory, so there are challenges built into that (if it is a Territorial association, it automatically becomes a Yukon College Association). There will be challenges for all, but I’m confident that OAAP has been left in good hands and will continue to thrive and provide effective PD for advisors there in Ontario.
Thank you Jo.
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